IAA Minute -- Licensure Information

Is your Illinois Professional Educator License Due for Renewal/Registration in 2017?

The answer to this question is at your fingertips.  Please go to your Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS) account to review your records (https://sec3.isbe.net/IWASNET/login.aspx).  The site is user-friendly.  When you get there, check your employment profile and update your "PD/Employment Status" if necessary.  Make sure the information reflects your work status for each semester of your 5-year cycle. Then review the information in your "Credential Center."  If your records show a license expiration date of "06/30/2017," then this current school year is your renewal year. Beginning on April 1, 2017, you will be able to renew your license by clicking the "Renewal" link in your "Action Center."

In preparation for the license renewal/registration process, please check your professional development records.  "PD Recorded/PD Required," in your "Credential Center," indicates the amount of professional development you have completed, versus the amount of professional development you are required to complete for renewal.  Click on that link to check your professional development details. Make sure you have entered your required amount of "Continuing Professional Development Hours," and be sure you have completed your required number of Illinois Administrator Academy courses.  

If you need additional IAA courses, don’t delay. Register for the courses you need on this page. Click HERE.


IAA Minute -- A Word About Teacher Evaluator Retraining...

In recent days, our office has been contacted by many administrators regarding "Teacher Evaluator Retraining." If you find yourself confused and concerned, we would like to assure you that there is nothing special that you need to do at the present time. 

First, this communication did not come from the Illinois State Board of Education. Instead, it likely came from a third-party provider of IAA sessions. As you know, IAA-Chicago is still housed with CPAA and like other IAA providers, we also plan to provide the retraining this summer and throughout the next school year.  For now, we are focused on helping everyone meet their 2017 IAA requirements.  Administrators are required to take one IAA course for each school year (July 1 - June 30). If you did not take a course within a given school year, you may need to complete an additional course to satisfy a penalty. Be sure to check out the courses we are currently offering -- for more information, visit www.iaachicago.com.

Second, the information you received regarding retraining is correct. Two academy courses are required to meet the retraining requirement,  BUT THIS DOES NOT HAVE TO BE COMPLETED BEFORE JUNE 2017. NO ONE is required to complete the retraining before June 2017.  

Please review the following chart:

The first group of administrators required to meet the retraining are those who last renewed their license in 2013, and even then, they have until June 30, 2018. (...2014 have until 2019...2015 have until 2020...2016 have until 2021). If you are unsure of your last renewal date, check your ELIS records. A large group of administrators are scheduled to renew their license this year, June 30, 2017. Are you with this group?  If so, you have until June 30, 2022 to complete the two retraining courses.  

Currently, the state has identified five specific IAA courses that will fulfill the teacher evaluator retraining requirement.  You will need to complete two of these courses. Relax...your IAA course requirements did not increase.  These courses will fulfill both, your teacher evaluation retraining as well as your requirement of one IAA per year, therefore we would encourage you to participate in one course during our summer offerings, and then one more the following year.  We will make sure there are many opportunities for you to fulfill all of your state requirements.

We hope that this email provides some clarity regarding the information that's been disseminated in recent days. Rest assured that at CPAA and IAA-Chicago, we are staying on top of licensure requirements and developments and will be sure to keep you informed via email or through the members only newsletter, The Lamp. CPAA continues to be your source of IAA information, and we are continually working to ensure that you have access to the coursework necessary to fulfill your state-mandated requirements. For courses currently available for the spring, please visit: www.iaachicago.com.

If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Sallie Penman, Executive Director of IAA-Chicago.